I have been asked on social medias, how much I earn from my Little Fears presents series of books. My month to month earnings is not worth discussing as they had a total collapse over the last three months while I was trying to get my shiz together. The question is more aimed at how much I make per book sale.
When you publish on self-publish Kindle Direct Publishing, you get the options of how your book’s printed. Full-colour white paper, black and white cream paper and black and white on white paper. You can also choose the size and shape of the book. Unfortunately, because I have colour pictures I need to choose the most expensive options. In addition to that, the file size affects the cost of the digital edition.
My earnings and sales prices are:
Digital edition sale price; £4.99
Royalty that I receive per sale; £1.72
Print edition sale price; £12.
Royalty that I receive per sale; £1.91
That’s not that much compared to the price of the book, is it? That’s for around 100 pages, full colour, 5.5 inches by 8.5 inches.
Are you writing a novel?
I have dicked about with prices and uploaded novel style books a few hundred pages long. So, if you are a fiction writer and want to self-publish in standard black and white ink on cream paper, this next bit applies to you.
For a 200 page book with black and white ink on cream paper, my earnings would be:
Digital edition sale price; $0.99
Royalty that I receive per sale; $0.30
Digital edition sale price; $2.99
Royalty that I receive per sale; $2.09
Print edition sale price; $9.99
Royalty that I receive per sale; $2.12
I figure most of my readers are American, hence the dollar prices for the cream paper editions.
There are no costs involved in self-publishing that is not optional. I would advise getting an editor to read your work. If you cannot afford or do not want an editor, get at least five people to read your book looking for errors before you publish. Your eyes and mind can only pick up so many errors in your book. A fresh set of eyes with a different perspective helps. Also, run your book through Grammarly. Several times and always after every big edit.
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Honestly, this last three months real life wise have been awful to the point of money just not being a concern, and me crashing into my savings. It's mostly over now, and blue skies ahead. A rough idea of income sources though, as I imagine that's more what you were asking about? My income is spread between the following.
Freelance design work (logos and such)
I do PR for 1 makeup brand and 2 hair pomade brands.
Online teaching (Skillshare, Udemy, Linda)
Real world teaching.
Tee shirt sale (via Threadless type websites)
Art prints (sold on Etsy or real life markets)
Ethereum and Bitcoin trading
Selling digital art assets (Creative Market type sites)
Sponsored blog posts for my personal blog (separate from Fears)
Future earnings may come from:
Sponsored posts on Little Fears
Commissioned Fears (something I get asked for, no idea how to price, and lack of confidence I could justify charging)
I do have other things I earn from, I can't remember off the top of my head. A collection of odd job and handyman stuff for companies I worked for and people in my street too.